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Veterans Health Care November 11, 2021

Renewing VA’s commitment to Veterans, robot guides brain surgery, aquatic therapy for whole health, WWII Vet is 102


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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is home to America's largest integrated health care system, serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. Join your fellow Veterans. Here are some of their stories.

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Veterans Day is a call to action for all Americans

Veterans Day should be a call to action for all Americans to serve those who have served, said VA Secretary Denis McDonough.

“For most Americans listening today, it can mean something as simple as reaching out to the Vets in their lives and lending a hand,” said McDonough. "At VA, it means providing Veterans with world-class health care; with the benefits they have earned and so rightly deserve."

On this day, everyone is challenged to renew their commitment to serving Veterans and serving them well.

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Meet ROSA: Robot guides brain surgery at Houston VA

ROSA, a robot surgical assistant, has joined the Houston VA team and is helping doctors detect sources of seizures in patients with epilepsy. This week, Houston VA surgeons successfully completed VA’s first use of ROSA during surgery on an Army Veteran from Oklahoma. 

“We are committed to adopting ROSA and other cutting-edge technologies that are at the forefront of surgical treatments for epilepsy, movement disorders and intracranial tumors,” said Dr. Pitchaiah Mandava, chief of neurology at the Houston VA.

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Aquatic therapy helps Veterans with physical or mental challenges

For Veterans looking to overcome physical or cognitive challenges, ask your VA health care provider about trying aquatic therapy. Veterans are referred to participate in aquatic therapy for a variety of reasons that include chronic pain, obesity, metabolic pathologies, depression, PTSD and neurological disorders and conditions.

“My health care providers recommended the aquatic therapy program,” said Navy Veteran Mary Sue Mistler. “Not only does the program provide physical benefits, but it is great for people with neurological conditions like me, as well.”

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Happy 102 birthday to WWII Veteran and VA patient

On March 24, 1939, William Turner raised his hand to become a U.S. Marine and would spend the next six years traveling the world. He was one of 16 million members of the greatest generation who wore a uniform during World War II.

On October 26, Turner celebrated his 102nd birthday surrounded by family, friends, North Texas VA staff and officials from Garland, Texas. The highlight of the day for Turner was virtually seeing his two grandsons who are currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. “I’m so proud of them both for serving our country,” said Turner.

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